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  1. Newbie
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    Sentence meaning But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup ...

    But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup spilled over a Paris dress after the anniversary ball given by the Governor of the Colony.

    The above sentence is from a short story by Alejo Carpentier, can anyone give an explanation of what does it exactly mean? The 'presence' here is the presence of water, flood...
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    Re: Sentence meaning But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup ..

    I worry about whether I understand it correctly, but it seems to me that the writer is saying it's nothing more than something spilled on somebody's dress--no big deal.
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    Re: Sentence meaning But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup ..

    Then the May rains came and overflowed the lake. And the old Negress who unhappily was a maroon and kept pigeons under her bed wandered through the patio, muttering to herself: "Never trust rivers, my girl; never trust anything green and flowing!" Not a day passed without water making its presence felt. But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup spilled over a Paris dress after the anniversary ball given by the Governor of the Colony.

    Here is the full paragraph containing the sentence.
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    Re: Sentence meaning But in the end that presence amounted to no more than a cup ..

    Yes, it means what Tarheel said.

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